Thursday, December 21, 2017

Death and Diamonds (1968)

Director: harald Reinl

Writers: Gustav H. Lubbe, Rolf Schulz, Christa Stern

Composer: Peter Thomas

Starring: George Nader, Heinz Weiss, Silvia Solar, Claus Holm, Marlies Drager, Karlheinz Fiege, Gunther Schramm, Dieter Eppler, Kathe Haack

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Vorsicht Jerry, sonst gehst du hoch

Plot: Agent Jerry Cotton infiltrates a big crime syndicate that is planning a major diamond heist.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

George Nader is charismatic and I can see why this series lasted 8 films.  This is the 5th.  It's by no means a classic but with a bouncy score, good camerawork and Nader as the suave badass FBI super agent you end up with something that's pretty fun.  The plot serves the picture well enough but it's not reaching for stars with great dialogue or an egotistic super villain.  The bad guy here is just a super criminal wanting to steal some diamonds but in a ridiculously crazy way.  The action is sprinkled throughout and not once was I bored but there was one time where I about lost my shit.  Watch this!

Holy shit, right!  There's a big car chase at the end and that scene is just the beginning.  It's a good looking picture and it plays better than some Eurospy movies.  I'm thinking Eurospy because Cotton is a super agent going undercover.  This also qualifies for Eurocrime.  These over the top pictures were all the rage in the 60s.  I rather like them.

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